The Little Review (littlereview) wrote,
The Little Review
littlereview

Poem for Sunday and Ice Caves Trail


Snoqualmie Falls
By Dennis McHale

The ground beneath my feet rumbles;
softly at first and then with each step
increasing in its timbre.
The air is cold, and damp with a gray light
filtering through the snow-covered
canopy of spruce and pine.

Wet thunder rises and my ears are muted
by the intensity of a half-frozen river
plummeting over slick rock lips;
a roiling, massive death spiral.

Half the volume swan dives elegantly
hundreds of feet into a pounding, foaming,
icy-white pool, while my own heart
matches the outpouring, beat for beat.
The other hangs mistily in the frigid air, gently
nourishing the winter air with its spit.

I cannot help but marvel at the sheer anger of it all,
wondering how many open-mouthed bass
thrust forth into open space, gargoyle-eyed as
the river disappears beneath them -
this is the end of their swim!

Death, anger, power...and yet,
so serenely beautiful!
Rage onward, Snoqualmie, before
the winter’s freeze deprives you of your liquid dance

--------

It rained buckets all day Saturday until we started having flood warnings. Fortunately (?), we had a lot of work to do in the house, so we spent all morning putting stuff back on shelves in the bedrooms, then since it was Zapdos day I went to the mall to meet my raiding group and did six raids before coming home for more organizing.

We went out to Home Depot in the evening downpour to get an outlet plate that ended up not fitting our outlet, and now we're watching Cloak and Dagger to decompress. Here are some photos from our trip to Seattle when we climbed up to the Big Four Ice Caves in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, where it was damp and cool and gorgeous:

DSCN8499

DSCN8542

DSCN8509

DSCN8527

DSCN8535

DSCN8507

DSCN8505

DSCN8534
Subscribe

  • Greetings from a Rainy Sunday

    I spent the entirety of Sunday, as it rained hard from before dawn till after dusk, doing Pokemon Go's legendary birds raid day (four remotely, six…

  • Greetings from Green Spring Gardens

    We originally had rain forecast for most of the weekend, but Saturday was actually a really nice day, mid-50s and overcast. We did chores in the…

  • Poem for Saturday and Cabin John Crocuses

    Black Heroism is Unskilled Labor By Xandria Phillips Angela makes sure the right people die at the funeral. A grandchild of the Tulsa Massacre,…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments